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centurion


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Centurion  \Cen*tu"ri*on\,  n.  [L.  centurio,  fr  centuria;  cf  F. 
  centurion.  See  {Century}.]  (Rom.  Hist.) 
  A  military  officer  who  commanded  a  minor  division  of  the 
  Roman  army;  a  captain  of  a  century. 
 
  A  centurion  of  the  hand  called  the  Italian  band.  --Acts 
  x.  1. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  centurion 
  n  :  (in  ancient  Rome)  the  leader  of  100  soldiers 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Centurion 
  a  Roman  officer  in  command  of  a  hundred  men  (Mark  15:39,  44, 
  45).  Cornelius,  the  first  Gentile  convert,  was  a  centurion  (Acts 
  10:1,  22).  Other  centurions  are  mentioned  in  Matt.  8:5,  8,  13; 
  Luke  7:2,  6;  Acts  21:32;  22:25,  26;  23:17,  23;  24:23;  27:1,  6, 
  11,  31,  43;  28:16.  A  centurion  watched  the  crucifixion  of  our 
  Lord  (Matt.  27:54;  Luke  23:47),  and  when  he  saw  the  wonders 
  attending  it  exclaimed,  "Truly  this  man  was  the  Son  of  God." 
  "The  centurions  mentioned  in  the  New  Testament  are  uniformly 
  spoken  of  in  terms  of  praise,  whether  in  the  Gospels  or  in  the 
  Acts  It  is  interesting  to  compare  this  with  the  statement  of 
  Polybius  (vi.  24),  that  the  centurions  were  chosen  by  merit,  and 
  so  were  men  remarkable  not  so  much  for  their  daring  courage  as 
  for  their  deliberation,  constancy,  and  strength  of  mind.",  Dr 
  Maclear's  N.  T.  Hist. 
 




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